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Taylor ton punishes Bangladesh for dropped catches

AFP  |  Wellington 

neared a double century, punishing for dropped catches as gave themselves a shot at second Test victory on Monday despite losing two days to rain in

The hosts raced past the first innings total of 211 in the third over after lunch on day four and by tea they were 372 for three, 161 ahead.

Taylor, dropped twice on 20, was unbeaten on 185 with on 93.

Despite having the first two days washed out, were in no mood to settle for a draw as they pushed to wrap up the three-match series with a game to spare having comprehensively won the first Test.

They plundered 334 runs off just 64 overs on Monday for the loss of one wicket.

Kane Williamson, troubled by a sore left shoulder he injured while fielding on Sunday, was taken to hospital after being scoring 74 for what a called a "precautionary" scan.

Williamson and Taylor had raced along at nearly six an over in the morning even though the green wicket continued to support the bowlers and many of the runs in their 172-run stand came from nicks and edges that skirted the slips cordon.

Their experience from their combined 162 Tests was evident up against the 17 Tests in total for the pace trio of Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman.

It left Bangladesh regretting dropping Taylor twice in the third over of the day when the elder statesman was on 20.

Williamson, who twice needed attention to his shoulder, smacked 11 fours and a six before he was caught and bowled by Taijul Islam.

Taylor took 97 balls to reach his century with a huge six over long-on from the of Taijul.

As he neared his third double century he had hit 19 fours and four sixes.

The hundred took Taylor past his mentor, the late Martin Crowe, and into second on the New Zealand list of top Test century makers, two behind Williamson who has 20.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 09:35 IST